Talent shortage is acute in the IT and data science ecosystem in India with a survey claiming that 95 per cent of engineers in the country are not fit to take up software development jobs.
According to a study by employability assessment company Aspiring Minds, only 4.77 percent candidates can write the correct logic for a programme — a minimum requirement for any programming job.
Over 36,000 engineering students from IT related branches of over 500 colleges took Automata – a machine learning-based assessment of software development skills – and over two-thirds could not even write code that compiles.
The study further noted that while more than 60 percent candidates cannot even write code that compiles, only 1.4 percent can write functionally correct and efficient code.
Lack of programming skills is adversely impacting the IT and data science ecosystem in India. The world is moving towards introducing programming to three-year-olds! India needs to catch up.Varun Aggarwal, CTO and co-founder, Aspiring Minds
The employability gap can be attributed to rote learning-based approaches rather than actually writing programmes on a computer for different problems. Also, there is a dearth of good teachers for programming, since most good programmers get jobs in industry at good salaries, the study said.
Moreover, programming skills are five times poorer for tie- III colleges as compared to tier I colleges.
“Sixty nine percent of candidates from top 100 colleges are able to write a compilable code versus rest of the colleges where only 31 per cent are able to write a compilable code,” the report said.